Back in May, the Department of Justice named Chuck Rosenberg the Acting Administrator of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). There was not much to say about Chuck, a veteran of the Justice Department, in terms of ill will.
He was recruited to the Attorney General's office out of law school and became a veteran of the Justice Department, rising to the position of Chief of Staff to the Director of the FBI. This history was all well and good, especially considering that he was to replace Michele Leonhart who held the position for 35 years — a post that had understandably (after three and a half decades) become long in tooth. And hey, he goes by Chuck instead of Charles — Obama thinks him cool enough.
Since his appointment and the required public appearances therein, we have begun to learn a bit more about this guy Chuck — the personal point of view that drives his leadership and helps form the direction of our country. In August, he put his foot down with the hard-hitting stance that while cannabis had inherit danger, "heroin is clearly more dangerous than marijuana."
This statement, while certainly not a revelation, was welcome in that the DEA officially recognized that heroin and marijuana — both having Schedule I status — should not be treated the same in the eyes of the law. Yay! The DEA head seems to be slowly making some progressive moves. That was good news. Now, though, Chuck has crushed that good feeling.
In a statement Wednesday, corresponding with the DEA's 2015 National Drug Threat Assessment Summary that drug use is up, the Acting Administrator stated:
“What really bothers me is the notion that marijuana is also medicinal — because it’s not,” Rosenberg said in a briefing to reporters. “We can have an intellectually honest debate about whether we should legalize something that is bad and dangerous, but don’t call it medicine — that is a joke.”
You are playing with us, sir. This statement is patently false and we earnestly request you get your facts straight before making such remarks.